Women’s Auxiliary



Serving Children Since 1923


Officers President: Nickie Waddel
Secretary/Treasurer: Jean Zinser
Memorials: Sharon Kouba
Historian: Anna Mae Witherell
Hospital Advisory Board Member: Marty Mullnix
Divan Representative: Jay Owens, High Priest & Prophet
Description and/or Purpose Who We Are – El Kahir Women’s Auxiliary is a member auxiliary of the Women’s General Auxiliary for the Shriners Hospital for Children – Twin Cities which serves patients in the five-state area and parts of Canada. The Auxiliaries proved the children a sense of well-being and consistency in their lives while experiencing difficult medical challenges.

What We Do – The focus of the Auxiliary is to make the children happy and secure. We do this by providing comfort items such as handmade blankets, hats, mittens, accessible clothing that meet the personal needs of the children while in the hospital. We also provide toys, stuff animals, games and other items making their visits and stays more enjoyable. Through generous contributions, the Auxiliary is able to provide repairs for wheelchairs, walkers, and strollers for the children as well as special therapeutic equipment used by the children while in the hospital.

Click HERE To View The List Of Items You Can Donate To The Hospital!

Click HERE To View Through The Window, The Women’s Auxiliary Newsletter

Meetings Regular Business Meeting:  Noon Luncheon on 3rd Thursday, February through November.  (No meetings during January and December.  Meetings held at El Kahir Shrine, 905 Tower Terrace Road, Hiawatha, Iowa.

OWLS (Evening Meeting):  On the 2nd Friday of each month, an evening meeting will be held for the working and other ladies interested in supporting the Auxiliary in their mission.  Meetings will be held at the El Kahir Shrine, 905 Tower Terrace Road, Hiawatha, Iowa beginning at 6:30 p.m. in the Conference Room.  This is the same evening “Basket Night” is held.  Please come, have your meal and join us for our meeting.  Family can come and enjoy a meal and fellowship.

Activities & Events Memorials / Honorariums –
Is there someone you would like to recognize for the great work they have done for the Shrine or the Auxiliary? Or maybe it is someone who has been active in your community, and you would like to honor them? Think of making a memorial or honorarium to the Women’s Auxiliary in their honor or memory.
You would be helping to support the Women’s General Auxiliary in their mission to provide medical and therapy equipment, wheelchairs, toys and loving attention to children overcoming physical handicaps or disabling conditions and honoring the individual is a special way.  You may send these to Sharon Kouba at 190 Ridgewood Drive, Hiawatha, IA 52233.     
Points of Contact womensauxiliary@elkahir.org
Nickie Waddell (319) 270-0526 – 1280 Elm Street, Marion, IA 52302-2884
Jean Zinser, Secretary/Treasurer – (319) 389-0526 – PO Box 38, Hiawatha, IA 52233
Sharon Kouba, Memorials – 190 Ridgewood Drive, Hiawatha, IA 52233
Marty Mullnix, Co-chair OWLS – mapanix@cfu.net
Chelise Brain, Co-chair OWLS – cheliserbrain@hotmail.com